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Foresters knockoff #4 Marian 6-5 in nightcap

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU softball team posted its biggest W of the year by knocking off No. 4 Marian University, 6-5, in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. The upset brought an end to the Knights’ 23-game win streak and served as their first loss in league play as they drop to 30-2 overall, 21-1 in CL action.

The Foresters (17-15-1, 12-11) touched home three times in the sixth to mount an impressive come-from-behind win. Down 5-3 heading into the bottom of the frame, freshman Amber Klopfenstein led off with an infield single, advanced to third on Joelle Beals’ base poke into shallow right-center and then beat the throw home on Karley Blankenship’s grounder to the pitcher’s mound.

When all the dust had settled, Beals represented the tying run on third while Blankenship was the go ahead run on second. Marty Harris delivered with an RBI-groundout to bring Beals home to deadlock things at 5-5 and then Audra Klopfenstein found a hole in shallow right-center to drive Blankenship for what proved to be the game-winner.

Facing the heart of Marian’s lineup, Lairen Miller, who came in on relief in the sixth, worked a 1-2-3 seventh to secure the win and hand the Knights their first loss since March 10. The rookie hurler worked the last out of the sixth before retiring the final three batters of the game to pick up the win. Starting pitcher Camille Furrow had a solid outing, giving up eight hits for five runs while striking out one for the no decision during her 5.2 innings on the mound.

The first five frames were a rollercoaster of emotions for both teams. The Knights jumped in front 1-0 after their first at bat but Coach Gower’s crew cashed in on five of their nine hits in the third to plate three runs.

After a pair of singles by Blankenship and Audra Klopfenstein, Casey Lehman drove in Blankenship with a blooper into shallow right-center. A double steal by Klopfenstein and Lehman put both in scoring position. Miller posted an RBI-single and two batters later Sabrina Bethel registered a slap bunt that allowed Lehman to scamper homer for a 3-1 HU advantage.

Marian countered with two runs in the top of the fourth to draw things even and then reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth before the hosts closed out the afternoon with their heroic finish.

Audra Klopfenstein was the lone Forester to post two hits in addition to drawing a walk.

The Knights finished with eight hits for five runs, two of which were unearned compliments of four Forester blunders.

Up against one of the nation’s best pitchers in Breena Smith, HU couldn’t get their sticks going in game one to suffer a 6-1 loss. Smith entered the day holding seven national rankings, five of which were in the top ten, and lived up to her billing by giving up just two hits. Ashley Brown provided Huntington's only offense with her third dinger of the year in the bottom of the seventh off of MU reliever Shelby Herron.

Timely hitting and taking advantage of three Forester errors were the keys to Marian’s offense. Their first two runs were of the unearned variety in two different frames and then they strung together five hits and took advantage of another HU botched play in the seventh to blow the game wide open.

Miller took the loss for HU, giving up nine hits for six runs, only one of which was earned, while striking out two.

The Foresters are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Mount Vernon for a doubleheader with the Cougars at 1:00 p.m.
  
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.